Get spooky: Local Halloween-related events start Thursday

Los Altos Spooktacular
Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Participants of the 2017 Los Altos Halloween Spooktacular stroll down Main Street in search of treats. This year’s event is slated noon to 4 p.m. Oct. 31.

Halloween is still weeks away, but local events related to the holiday are set to begin as early as Thursday. A roundup of activities follows.

51st Celebrity Forum Speaker Series kicks off Thursday with Rick Steves


Famed travel author Rick Steves is scheduled to kick off the 51st season of the Foothill College Celebrity Forum speaker series with two appearances set for Thursday and Friday.

All Celebrity Forum programs are scheduled 8 p.m. at Flint Center on the De Anza College campus, 21250 Stevens Creek Blvd., Cupertino.

Community Briefs: Week of Oct. 17

‘Senior Creativity Event’ set for Saturday

The Senior Inclusion and Participation Project has scheduled a “Senior Creativity Event” 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday at the Highway Community, 2050 Miramonte Ave., Mountain View.

The free event is aimed at adults 50 years and older living in Los Altos and Mountain View. Activities will include flower arranging, card making, calligraphy, a drum circle, rock painting and reflective writing.

Midpen Open Space District adopts climate action plan

On the heels of the recent landmark report released by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the Los Altos-based Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District Board of Directors approved its own climate change policy and action plan at a public meeting Oct. 10.

LAH Town Hall presents 'Abstraction and Connection'

Courtesy of Sterling Haidt
Los Altos artist Sterling Haidt’s “Number 60” is among the works of art currently on exhibit at Los Altos Hills Town Hall.

An exhibition of digital art by Sterling Haidt, “Abstraction and Connection,” is scheduled for display through March at Los Altos Hills Town Hall, 26379 W. Fremont Road.

A free art walk and talk tour is set for 10 a.m. to noon Nov. 30. Participants will have the opportunity to catch a behind-the-scenes glimpse into the artist’s inspiration, techniques and materials used to express his connection to his subject matter.

Volunteer work stokes young graduate's interest in global causes

Courtesy of Ellie Stanton
Ellie Stanton served as a volunteer for the Run for Zimbabwe Orphans and Fair earlier this year.

Los Altos resident Ellie Stanton credits her volunteer work with the Run for Zimbabwe Orphans and Fair for broadening her horizons.

Stanton, now a freshman at the University of Colorado at Boulder, helped raise more than $30,000 for the Makumbi Children’s Home in Zimbabwe. Stanton served as assistant race director at this year’s event, which took place March 25 at St. Joseph School in Mountain View.

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